On one my writing groups the question was asked When do you know when it is finished?
I have to admit, this was my problem for years. I didn’t know when the manuscript was finished. I’d re-edit and re-edit.
I learned that my fear of rejection kept me from sending it out, so I never could find out if it was finished or if it was on its way to finish.
Now I’m moving forward and giving myself deadlines, which helped me a lot. I’ve wrote other books instead of just working on one book for years. I didn’t want to be a one book writer.
I’ve learned that the book is never finished, there is always room for improvement, however you have to let go. Let someone else read it, take in their suggestions and then send it out.
When do you know your book is finished?